Paddle the Trent-Severn Waterway: Presqu’ile Provincial Park

Drone view of a kayak and canoe paddling through clear, shallow water

Most paddlers can attest that, as soon as you push off and feel your weight buoyed by the boat, you leave behind the weight of your worries on the land. Like the weight of a canoe after a long portage trail, my day-to-day concerns remain mostly onshore and I leave them ever-further behind with each paddle stroke.

Paddle the Trent-Severn Waterway: Peterborough

Aerial view of Little Lake in Peterborough

From the globe-traversing outriggers of the South Pacific to Amazonian dugouts to the birchbark craft of Turtle Island, the canoe is a fascinating example of convergent cultural evolution: in many isolated cases around the world a very similar design of craft has emerged to answer the question of the most beautiful and efficient way to navigate the regional waterscapes.